Diabetes is a disease of which just the name is sufficient to give a chill through your spine. It is as we all know a lifestyle disease and thus can be correct if proper measures are taken at the right time in most cases. Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. How our body in normal scenario controls it is, by Pancreas, releasing insulin sufficient to breakdown and burn the sugar in the blood and to maintain it at the right level. It could be either absence or insufficient production of insulin by Pancreas or inability of the body, due to various factors, to properly use insulin causes diabetes.
What is this insulin that everyone around the world knows the name of? Insulin is actually a hormone produced in the pancreas by islets of Langerhans, which regulates the level of sugar in the blood.
Common symptoms of diabetes are:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Presence of ketones in the urine
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing wounds
- Frequent infections
There are broadly 2 kinds of diabetes:
Type 1: It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It usually appears in adolescence. Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue and blurred vision. Treatment aims at maintaining normal blood sugar levels through regular monitoring, insulin therapy, diet and exercise.
Type 2: A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). With type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin, or it resists insulin. Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue and blurred vision. In some cases, there are no symptoms that come up. Treatments include diet, exercise, medication and insulin therapy.
Type 1 Diabetes can’t be prevented. But at the same time, healthy lifestyle choices and Ayurvedic ailments would not only help in the treatment of prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes but also would support in preventing type 1.
- Healthy eating habits: Include lots of fibrous fruits and vegetables and whole grains. As per Ayurveda, consuming seasonal veggies and fruits is the best.
- Physical activity: try and get more physical activity involved in your daily routine, in any form.
- Loose extra pounds: loosing 7% of your total body weight, if are overweight, reduces the risk of diabetes considerably.
Ayurvedic Herbs that work in Diabetes:
- Gudmar: A wood climbing shrub that has medicinal properties. Gudmar is considered to be a magical remedy for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. It enhances the insulin level in the body regulating the sugar level in the blood.
- Jamun seeds contain alkaloids, which convert starch into energy and helps in reducing diabetes symptoms like constantly feeling thirsty and frequent urination. Jamun seeds, in powdered form can help in reducing blood sugar levels.
- Giloy: Giloy acts as a hypoglycaemic agent and helps treat diabetes. Giloy juice helps reduce high levels of blood sugar and works wonders.
- Karela has a component that functions like insulin. It reduces the blood glucose levels in both type I and type II diabetes. Consuming karela is so effective that it can reduce the medication of the patient.
There are many other natural hidden treasures that can-do wonders on our body to protect, prevent and cure lots of diseases, that we don’t believe can be cured.
Something could be interesting about Diabetes:
‘Diabetes’ is not new, when we learn for how long it has been existing, it is so surprising as we have always associated Diabetes with the modern lifestyle. The term Diabetes, was possibly coined by Apollonius of Memphis around 250 BCE. Diabetes was first recorded in English, in the form ‘Diabete’ in a medical text written in early 15th century. Much later in the second half of 17th century that Thomas Willis added the word ‘mellitus’ to the word diabetes, because of the sweet taste of the urine. In about 5th/6th century CE, Indian physician Sushruta and Surgeon Charak were able to identify two types of this disease and called it ‘Madhumeha’. It is strange to learn that a disease that is associated with flaws of modern lifestyle like stress and excess body weight has existed for so long. I would rather close the topic on a positive note. Disease of any sort for the body is not good at all. So whatever it may take once must do whatever it takes to keep the body disease free. Be it good food, physical exercises, Ayurveda or Yoga, all of this is there to support us to prevent such lifestyle diseases. It is now commendable to fall back on to the ancient natural techniques that our ancestors have always recommended.
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